At the core of YWCA’s work is the recognition that not all women, or all people, are treated equally, and that our work must reflect the needs of all of the women we serve. Our mission and history is a direct embodiment of a movement that is intersectional, that took a look at itself and asked, “Are we truly inclusive? Do we embrace diversity? What can we do better?”
As part of this year’s Stand Against Racism event lineup — and in recognition of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month — YWCA Dayton presents a special screening of the documentary film, “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” followed by a panel discussion (featuring local experts from law enforcement, criminal justice studies, and YW’s sexual assault program) on the film’s themes of race and gender-based violence.
The film, a 2017 documentary by Nancy Buirski inspired by Danielle McGuire’s book, “At the Dark End of the Street,” tells the story of a 24-year-old Black mother and sharecropper who was raped by six white men in 1944 Alabama. Taylor spoke up against her attackers, and with the help of the NAACP and its chief rape investigator, Rosa Parks, she waged a battle for justice that exposed a legacy of physical abuse of black women. The story of Recy Taylor, recently brought to national attention by Oprah Winfrey during her celebrated speech at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, is brought to life in this powerful film.
This event marks the film’s first public showing in the Midwest, and the first hosted by a YWCA.
Tickets are $10 each; seating is limited. 100% of proceeds benefit YWCA Dayton’s programs that serve and support victims of gender-based violence, including our domestic violence shelters, sexual assault program, and 24/7 crisis hotline.
Full details can be found at http://www.ywcadayton.org/sar. #StandAgainstRacism